Former deputy arrested, accused of sexually assaulting female inmate




A former Cherokee County deputy was arrested after he was accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate all through his tenure.

Richard Gilleland, 51, of Canton, is coping with two counts of sexual assault in opposition to a person in custody, two counts of sexual battery and two counts of violation of oath of the office in reference to the alleged assault.

Cherokee County sheriff’s spokesman Capt. Jay Baker acknowledged a second inmate moreover received right here forward with misconduct allegations, and whereas they’d be thought of protection violations, they did not amount to authorized charges.

Gilleland was positioned on administrative go away when the investigation began ultimate Friday, and he resigned Tuesday, Baker acknowledged. He had been with the sheriff’s office for 5 years.

Sheriff Frank Reynolds suggested Channel 2 Action News investigators contemplate the assault occurred on his firm’s property, nevertheless they do not have video proof.

“There are portions of the jail that are not monitored by video surveillance,” he acknowledged. “It is our belief that he took the female to that portion of the jail that is not videotaped.”

Deputies arrested Gilleland on Thursday morning. He posted an $8,000 bond and was launched from custody later that afternoon. As the scenario of his bond, a select ordered him to have no contact with each of the female inmates.

“We work exhausting to assemble perception and confidence with our residents, and in circumstances like this, we’ll police ourselves,” Reynolds suggested the knowledge station. “We take this very seriously, and this is something I’m not going to tolerate.”




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